Speaker Paul Ryan said he and other members of the Republican leadership support Rep. Kevin McCarthy to take the top spot in the House when Ryan retires in November.
Ryan announced earlier this week he would not see re-election this year, preferring instead to spend more time with his family. He his support behind his current deputy, House Republican leader McCarthy of California, to take over as House speaker.
“We all think Kevin is the right person to become speaker,” Ryan said in an interview to air Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press. “I fully anticipate handing the gavel over to the next speaker of the House after this term, and I think Kevin’s the right guy to step up.”
Ryan said he believes there will be a “seamless transition” from him to the next speaker.